Music is bliss, therapeutic and connects the soul to the brain. Many of us, with our super active, dynamic lifestyle, have found solace in music while on that airplane or backseat to work, or in front of the glorymaking compute machine. In most of these scenarios, the musical daydreaming headphones are our medium to attaining that important subconscious nirvana. While the headphones are the window to dive into the musical chasm, they are also indisputably a style statement reflecting your taste and resonating your personality.
We have outlined some of the best premium headphones that can be wrapped around your ears for an elevated acoustic experience while making an impressive premium style statement.
“Music is the strongest form of magic”. – Marilyn Manson
Bowers & Wilkins – PX
The British Hi-Fi acoustics manufacturer Bowers & Wilkins’ PX over-the-ear headphones is one of the best wireless headphones out there. It sports an elliptical ergonomic premium contemporary design and comes in beautiful Soft Gold and Space Gray to nicely accent the most of blues, grey, white, black or contrast outfits.
The B&W PX packs in lots of technology into its glorious looking acoustic earcups, from advanced, angled drive units, to reproduce some beautiful sound staging from bass to depth, while the adaptive or active noise cancelling technology (four ANC mics) blocks out distracting noise and ambient sounds for a complete immersive listening experience without crushing the music. The headphones also feature the latest generation aptX HD Bluetooth technology for a wireless high definition music streaming experience. Further, the headphones bake in intelligent sensors to make the “wearable experience” completely intuitive. These sensors are designed to smartly respond to the way you naturally use the headphones, that is, automatically turning them on or off depending on whether they are on your ears or hanging around your neck – resuming or pausing the music anticipating the behavior.
B&W also has a PX smartphone app to help you further enhance the music listening and controlling experience right from tweaking environment filters, voice-pass-through, noise cancellation modes as well as keeping the headphones up-to-date with latest software.
The B&W PX promises 22 hours of battery-life in wireless playback mode and comes at a price of US$399 and is one of the best sounding ANC wireless headphones in the market.
BOSE QUIETCOMFORT QC35 II
In this wireless era, when we add wireless streaming and Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) technologies to the headphones, there is a high chance the technologies add certain value from going cord-free and noise-free, but sometimes they might suppress the natural sound reproduction. However, when it comes to the bestever balanced and natural clear sound reproduction, Bose lives up to the expectations and hype, though some competitors have come quite close in this aspect. The latest generation of ANC-based wireless headphones from Bose is Quiet Comfort QC 35II, which packs in a leading ANC technology, while not compromising sound reproduction, but also integrating voice controlled Google
Assistant right into the headphones for an Artificial Intelligence experience.
The QC 35 second generation is engineered with corrosion resistant stainless steel, glass-filled nylon and impact-resistant materials taking the material science engineering to the next level for a great durable and travel experience but still keeping the look and feel premium. The ear cups are wrapped in soft material Alcantara with synthetic protein leather cushions used in high-end automobiles to ensure enduring comfort over long periods of listening.
As one can expect from Bose, QC 35 II produces an all-round audio performance from boosted lows to sculpted highs with a brilliant frequency response sounding very full and kicking at the same time. It is not ideal for someone who is into super-heavy bass but has a decent signature sculpted Bose bass for a clear noise free punchier experience. The QC 35 II also features a dedicated “Action” button which can be paired with the Google Assistant application on your phone and can be used for a multitude of voice-centric use-cases such as receiving texts, managing reminders, tasks, ask, search and more, making your headphones intelligent voice assistant.
Bose QC 35II promises 20 hours of battery life, comes in Black & Silver colors and is priced at US$349.95
SENNHEISER MOMENTUM 2.0
The German technology company has come a long way in shaping the audio industry with a broad portfolio of products since it was founded in 1945, and today produces some excellent headphones both wired and wireless. The Momentum series of headphones, which the company has designed with a group of talented artists, has been quite popular among music enthusiasts and emerging audiophiles. The Momentum 2.0 Bluetooth wireless headphones produce excellent highresolution sound from lightweight fold able designed headphones with exclusive brushed stainless-steel with luxurious leather accented high-quality ball-joints running adjustable sliders for a perfect fit and comfort.
The Momentum 2.0 features its patented NoiseGard ANC technology to attenuate ambient noise actively while the aptX codecs help reproduce perfect streaming acoustics. The headphone also doubles as a conversational headset leveraging its VoiceMax microphones technology for clear noise-free voice calls from your phone. The headphones produce well-balanced dynamics despite an always-on ANC mode. The Sennheiser produces some tight bass with much more refined and smoother sound not suppressing the mid-range or treble which you would see in some of the very bass-centric designed headphones such as from Beats. So it is perfectly designed for detailed sound reproduction and even getting closer to Bose in many of the audio tracks, which justifies a price-tag of slightly under US$399. The Sennheiser Momentum Wireless 2.0 comes in beautiful black and striking Ivory colors with the stencil light and comfort design standing out well from the crowd.
These are the top three picks for premium designed, best sounding wireless Bluetooth headphones embedded with active noise cancellation technology. Other headphones on the market with similar advanced features, good reproduction of sound and premium luxurious feel to consider are SONY WH1000XM2, AKG N60NC, V-Moda Crossfade 2, Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H7 and Beats Studio3. These, like the above, are great for travel, day-to-day usage and comfort to immerse oneself into the musical chasm.